Meg Makes (March 2013)

Meg Makes (March 2013)

Vital wheat gluten and how I use it in baking

Yesterday, after writing about half whole-wheat pretzel rolls, a coworker called me with the question: "What's vital wheat gluten?"

I thought I'd blogged about it before, but it turns out, I've just mentioned it a lot.

How I made half whole-wheat pretzel rolls

I bought pretzel salt a few months ago and had big dreams of making all sorts of soft pretzel creations with it.

I always feel slightly guilty when making all-white-flour baked goods, though, so I made one batch and then put my pretzel salt away.

How to make these gorgeous fabric pomanders - perfect for pew decorations for a wedding

My best friend, Samantha Schwartz Greiff, got married a few weeks ago. In the weeks preceeding the wedding, I helped in the best way I knew how: by showing up with my glue gun.

Recipe for Sausage and Cabbage One-Pot Dinner

Like so many others I've created, I came up with this recipe out of a desire to cook, but not necessarily grocery shop first.

This weekend, I swore I'd use that head of cabbage in our fridge. I thought I'd cook it up with some smoked sausage but couldn't find the package I could have sworn in was in the freezer. Instead, I pulled out a roll of regular pork sausage and went from there.

Recipe for Snowed-In Snack Mix

I created this recipe when Rob and I got snowed in a couple winters ago, shortly after we got married.

I submitted this recipe to Gooseberry Patch, my favorite cookbook company, and they published it in a cookbook called "The Christmas Table."

Recipe for Ranch Chicken Enchiladas

Here's a recipe that ran in my column yesterday for Ranch Chicken Enchiladas. It's from Ann Nogle of Savoy.

How I hacked a wreath featuring a vintage cardboard Easter bunny

It's been kind of a nutty month for me, but as I mentioned Monday, I knew I needed to decorate with my vintage cardboard Easter bunnies before it was too late.

How I made a crocheted version of a wedding ring quilt

My best friend got married this weekend, and for the occasion, I made a crocheted version of a wedding ring quilt.

Seeking advice: how should I use these cardboard, vintage Easter decorations?

Whenever I see vintage holiday decorations at The I.D.E.A. Store, I buy them. A while back, I picked up these two vintage Easter bunnies. I realized yesterday I should probably make something from them soon, before Easter comes and goes.

Recipe for Cherry Almond Tart

Here's another recipe from my recent blog contest winner, Lisa Storm Fink of Philo.

Cherry Almond Tart
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract (or a bit more)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (or more)
2 tablespoons finely ground blanched almonds
1-1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour